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Matthew C. Larsen
Associate Director for Climate and Land Use Change

U.S. Geological Survey
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr. phone: 703-648-5215
MS 409 fax: 703 648-7031
Reston, VA 20192

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  • B.S., Geology, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio
  • Ph.D., Geography, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Dissertation: Tropical geomorphology and geomorphic work: a study of geomorphic processes and sediment and water budgets montane humid-tropical and developed watersheds, Puerto Rico.


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